Tony Bellew stops David Haye again in fifth-round rematch repeat

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GETTY Tony Bellew is hoping to beat David Haye for a second time on Saturday

David Haye didn't give any hints that he would be retiring but it could well have been his last fight with his body appearing to fail him once more. Well-placed one-twos from Haye forced Bellew into the ropes toward the end of the round and Haye capitalized the period with an overhand right that hit his man square.

But it was a sweet left uppercut that really finished it in the fifth as Bellew dropped him again with the shot he said he learned from ring greats Felix Trinidad and Joe Frazier. Haye darted in with a reckless right hand that missed, tried following that up with a left hook, but was met with a curling left hand of Bellew's own.

Former super-middleweight champion Carl Froch has urged David Haye to retire following the heavyweight's defeat to Tony Bellew in Saturday night's rematch in London. However it was an even affair, David did manage to land a right hand in the final 20 seconds of the round which could have swung it in David's favour.

Bellew's promoter Eddie Hearn said that his fighter had spoken to Fury about a fight after Haye pulled out of the original rematch in November citing a bicep injury from a conditioning session. I'm just happy I've won.

Joshua offers him huge incentive to reverse that result by saying: 'I have defended my title repeatedly for two years and I am ready to do it again'. You will all laugh and say I wouldn't have a chance, but I would knock Andre Ward out.

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GETTY Tony Bellew and David Haye go head-to-head for the second time on Saturday evening

Roll onto the fifth and it was soon over for David Haye, a round that started off quietly enough before Bellew landed a terrific blow to send Haye crashing to the canvas, a fall that he wouldn't be able to come back from. It didn't feel great in there tonight, but I don't know.

Now that Haye has lost, there's no telling whether this is it for the 37-year-old former world heavyweight champion. "I love my family so much and this was for them, too".

Promoter Eddie Hearn will try to tempt American pound-for-pound star Andre Ward out of retirement and to step up to cruiserweight for a fight in the United Kingdom later this year as one option for Bellew. "Tony was a better man, I couldn't quite make it happen".

Bellew showed quick reactions and quick feet to elude Haye's punches in the third round.

Note that you can only watch Haye vs Bellew on a single device or platform at any given time - there's no cheeky workaround that lets you go in with your mates.

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